subconscious and subconsciousness conscious and consciousness.

While each one has a noun counterpart that is explicitly a noun, why is it that only subconscious is also used as a noun while conscious is not?

Some background info on subconscious and subconsciousness:

Subconscious vs subconsciousness

TLDR: subconscious and subconsciousness have slightly different meanings, even both as nouns. But that still begs the question, "Why not the symmetrical counterpart to conscious and consciousness

I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt and ask the question openly and give it all objective reasoning, but my most probable hypothesis is that English & people are quite asystematic, and this is just an ad hoc clusterfrack phenomenon of language evolving without thought... or subconsciously, if you'll permit my bastardization of that term.

  • thx for the typo catch. typos are usually lowest on my priority list when editing. – ahnbizcad Dec 26 '16 at 5:15

Conscious is used as a noun:

In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant; consciousness.

(American Heritage)

As an example, from Contemporary Theories and Systems in Psychology by B B Wolman:

The conscious in Jung's theory plays a secondary role as compared to the unconscious.

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    While it’s true that conscious can be used as a noun. I think the word you need in your sentence above is conscience. – Jim Dec 26 '16 at 5:39
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    @Jim At the risk of ruining a joke, it's a pun. Clare is playing on the word conscience while saying that her mind is clear on the issue because she has evidence for her first statement. – deadrat Dec 26 '16 at 5:57
  • @deadrat- I love puns. My wife punches me in the arm everytime I make one. she does the same when my daughter makes one because it’s clearly my fault. But I didn’t see this as one. I get it, but I wish I didn’t. – Jim Dec 26 '16 at 6:06
  • so if we put the in front of conscious / subconscious we're talking about the abstraction? Or is it synonymous with consciousness / subconsciousness? I don't fully get accepted answer of the link in my OP – ahnbizcad Dec 27 '16 at 16:30

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